Saturday, May 8, 2010
Octavia Butler really does know how to write a tight, gripping story that challenges your assumptions, and Parable of the Sower doesn't disappoint. I read The Road last year, and while that was a story about what happens after society disintegrates and no one's left, this book was a story about society having disintegrated with a lot of people left. It seems scarily realistic - vast gulfs between the well-off and the poor, how moral systems might break down, climate change, water shortages, economic collapse. Butler keeps her story driving forward, and there's always a seed of hope in the basic decency of your fellow human. I don't want to give too much of it away, but it's safe to say I'll try out her other books.